Middle Way Acupuncture Institute Course Descriptions 2018-2019

OM 501 44.7 hours - Core Acupuncture Fundamentals
This class will provide an exploration into the different components that make up chinese medicine, introduce and expand upon the meaning, function, significance, and interrelationship of key concepts: yin/yang, five elements, Qi, Blood, Jing, Shen, Jin-Ye, and Zang-Fu Organs.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 512 I-II 21.6 hours - Qi Gong: 14 Channel Flow
Students will be introduced to 14 Channel Flow Qi Gong, a simple Qi Gong form to open the 14 Acupuncture Meridians. This course will also include Qi Gong history and theory, in addition to basic Qi Gong principles, including correct posture and breathing techniques.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 514 8.4 hours - Mindfulness Practice
Introduction and development of attention to what is actually happening in the present moment. These awareness practices help devevlop observational skills needed in all aspects of acupuncture practice from diagnosis to needling technique. Ongoing practice and development continue throughout the program.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 516 18 hours - Introduction to 5 Element Theory
This introductory class provides an overview of the 5-Element System of Chinese medicine including the fundamentals of yin and yang, and the fundamentals of Qi or energy and how it moves through the body. It will equip you with an understanding of the meridians, the five elements, how to read energy in the body, and how to recognize the different 5 elements in yourself and others.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 518 9.6 hours - History of Acupuncture
Brief introduction to the history of China with emphasis on the Warring States period when systems of acupuncture and philosophy were being developed. The course also details the historical development of acupuncture in Asia, neighboring countries and internationally.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 522 9.6 hours - Chinese Philosophy
This course introduces one of the primary texts in Taoist philosophy with an emphasis on how the philosophy has impacted the development of Chinese Medicine, and also introduces one of the most ancient of Chinese texts, the I-Ching. This class continues the exploration of the underlying philosophies which are foundational to an understanding of Chinese symbolic thought and to the Chinese medical system.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 532 4.8 hours - Introduction to Needle Techniques
This course provides an introduction to essential information concerning correct needling techniques: needle angle, depth, and direction; guide tube needle insertion technique; techniques to obtain Qi; needle retention and withdrawal; positioning of the patient for acupuncture treatment; and contraindications to acupuncture. Students also locate selected acupoints and practice correct needle technique.
Prerequisite: OM 501 Core Acupuncture Fundamentals


CL 550 Clinical Observation Hours


OM 601 18 hours - Core Acupuncture Fundamentals
A series of acupuncture classes that expands upon the core concepts of OM 501, with an emphasis on diagnostics, channel theory, point categories, treatment principles and point prescriptions.
Prerequisite: OM 501 Core Acupuncture Fundamentals


OM 612 I-II 21.6 hours - Qi Gong: Self Cultivation
This course will take Students deeper into their own Qi Gong practice, introducing techniques for Clearing, Harmonizing and Tonifying the Qi. Students will also delve deeper into Qi Gong theory, learning about specific Energetic Patterns of balance and imbalance, and how to effectively recognize and work with them. Among the sets taught will be the Daoist Five Tonification Series.
Prerequisite: Qi Gong I: 14 Channel Flow


OM 620 18 hours - Food Therapy
This course covers classification of common foods according to Chinese medical theory and develops a basic understanding of seasonal considerations from a five-element perspective. We will explore the energetics of common meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, and learn how to build basic food prescriptions for seasonal changes as well as for conditions involving hot/cold/damp/dry.
Prerequisite: OM 516 Intro to 5 Element Acupuncture; OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 626 18 hours - Introduction to Tuina
This class will serve as an introduction to the basic techniques, principles and diagnostic techniques of tuina, an effective form of Chinese massage. Through the use of qi gong and conditioning exercises, the class will prepare students to execute these techniques safely and sensitively.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 630 I-III 57.5 hours - Five Element Acupuncture
This class continues the study of the traditional Five Element system of Chinese Medicine. Beginning with the Five Elements and Twelve Officials this class eventually expands to bring in various aspects, including the Worsley Tradition of Causative Factor (CF) as one way of looking at constitutional forces as the underlying source of disease. In addition, experiential exploration of the natural environment is utilized and developed, using the current season and our rural setting we explore the seasonal energetic process of life. This class builds upon the intellectual ideas presented in Philosophy classes, but is presented in the reality of the natural world.
Prerequisite: OM 516 Intro to 5 Element Acupuncture


OM 631 7.5 hours - Five Element Blocks to Treatment
This course includes the Five Element Acupuncture blocks to treatment, including specific conditions that may interfere with the patient’s ability to heal, and addresses how to appropriately assess and clear the “blocks.”
Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals


OM 634 I-II 216 hours - TCM Fundamentals
This course, 12 weekends in all, covers zang-fu physiology and pathology, meridians and points, diagnostic rubrics, and basic history of Chinese medicine. The course also includes an introduction to the clinical skills of interviewing, pulse taking and tongue diagnosis.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 636 I-II 57.5 hours - Differential Diagnosis / Point Location
This course is dedicated to the study of the TCM diagnostic patterns and acupoint locations specific to each of the Zang Fu. For each organ system students review the functions of that organ, interactively identify patterns and diagnose organ pathologies, locate the acupoints on the channel, and practice needling those acupoints.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles; OM 532 Introduction to Needle Techniques


OM 638 7.5 hours - Spirit of the Points
In Five Element Acupuncture, each acupuncture point is seen to have a particular spirit associated with it. This course explores the spirit aspects of the major points used.
Prerequisite: OM 530 I-III Five Element Theory


OM 640 13.8 hours - Microsystems
This class will explore and identify the microsystems utilized in acupuncture and will include theory and point location of auricular, scalp, and Korean hand acupuncture.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 644 16.5 hours - Eight Extras Theory
This course is a two day introduction to the eight extra meridian system. It will serve as a general overview of the vessels and the points involved.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

OM 646 7.5 hours - Hara Diagnosis
In Japanese Acupuncture the condition of areas of the abdomen reflect the internal conditions of the organs. This course explains these conditions using various palpation methods and gives students an opportunity to practice them.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 648 18 hours - Manaka Ion Pumping Cords
Dr. Manaka was a Japanese physician who invented various methods that are used to augment the healing process. This class provides an introduction to one such device, the ion pumping cords.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 652 25.8 hours - Japanese Meridian Therapy
A palpation-based approach to acupuncture using subtle needling techniques, taught by Stephen Brown, translator of Shudo Denmai’s classic, Japanese Classical Acupuncture: Introduction to Meridian Therapy.
Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles


OM 654 4.8 hours - Student Clinic Orientation
In this course students will learn the foundation, format, policies and procedures of student clinic.
Prerequisite: pre-clinic exam


OM 660 9 hours - Intro to Student Clinic
This course provides acupuncture diagnostic, point location, and treatment review. A clinic entry exam is issued during the class, in which students are required to pass before starting clinic internship.
Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals

CL 650 Clinical Internship Hours


OM 712 I-II 21.6 hours - Qi Gong : Clinical Applications
Building on Qi Gong 1 & 2, this course will give the students tools to work with in their Clinical Practice. Such tools include techniques for creating a Sacred and Healing Treatment Space, recognizing and creating safe Energetic Boundaries, and prescribing Medical Qi Gong homework for Patients.

Prerequisite: Qi Gong OM 612


OM 756 54 hours - Acupuncture Therapeutics
This class introduces Chinese medicine treatment approaches for commonly presented symptoms and diseases, defined both in western biomedical terms and traditional Chinese terms. A goal of the course is to provide students with resources to investigate differential diagnoses and treatment or referral choices for other conditions they may encounter in practice. These two teaching methods will enable them to respond confidently to a wide variety of clinical problems. The course will be taught in six sections covering conditions for which acupuncture has relevance, in the following categories: respiratory, cardio-vascular and neurological, obstetric and gynecological; digestive; dermatological; urinary and male reproductive.
Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals


OM 758 54 hours - Acupuncture Orthopedics
This course, 4 weekends in all, covers musculoskeletal disorders starting with the sole of the foot and ending with the fingers. We go over causes, symptoms and suggested treatments for each disorder, integrating Chinese medical and biomedical understanding. AcuOrtho I begins in the second semester of the second year, and AcuOrtho classes II-IV begin in the first semester of the third year.
Prerequisite: OM 534 I-III TCM Fundamentals; OM 532 Introduction to Needle Techniques


OM 764 27 hours - Applied Channel Therapy
Course based on the book, Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi and translated by instructor. Jason Robertson demonstrates how a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between organ and channel theory can lead to more precise diagnoses and better clinical results.
Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals


OM 765 9 hours - Introduction to Chinese for Acupuncturists
In this course students take their first steps in learning the phonemes of Chinese. They will become aware of the several systems of transliteration of Chinese pronunciation into English. They will actually learn the pinyin system of
transliteration. Very basic grammar and the stroke order of character writing will be introduced. The course will then concentrate on Chinese medicine terminology including the verbs describing treatment, diagnostic terms, words describing the body systems of Chinese medicine, the names of disease entities and titles and authors of classic medical texts. A brief discussion of words pertinent to Chinese herbal medicine, including herb names and preparation will end the course. As a course project students will translate a very brief section of a classic medical text using a Chinese-English dictionary and other resources provided.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


OM 766 4.8 hours - The Balance Method
This class introduces a clinically effective acupuncture system that balances metaphysical theory with practical acupuncture techniques. The system is based on the philosophical theories of acupuncture methods, including: Yin-Yang, the Eight Trigrams and Ba Gua.
Prerequisite: completion of first 2 years


OM 767 19.2 hours - Advanced Acupuncture Techniques
Adjuvant Techniques for East Asian Medical Treatment includes an introduction to important complimentary techniques in the East Asian Medical Clinic, including Cupping, Gua Sha, Plum Blossom Needle, Intradermal acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, and Moxibustion techniques not covered elsewhere. Additional needling techniques and micro-systems such as Scalp Acupuncture are also taught. Course time involves lecture, demonstration, as well as lab time for students to practice these techniques.
Prerequisite: OM 610


OM 768 24 hours - Acupuncture Test Preparation
Overview of testing procedure and steps to professional licensure; review of acupuncture theory and foundation, point location, diagnostics, point prescriptions, advanced techniques; assessment of knowledge base through practice examinations; identification of areas warranting further analysis; assistance with developing individualized studying and test taking strategies designed for successful outcome.
Prerequisite: completion of all acupuncture coursework


OM 769 9 hours - Acupuncture Classics
This course delves into the texts and literature that serve as a source for the theory of East Asian Medicine. Ancient texts such as the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic) and Nan Jing (Classic of Difficulties) are explored and applied to the present day Acupuncture Clinic.
Prerequisite: completion of first 2 years of program


OM 772 4.8 hours - Acupuncture Research
Third year students choose a research top related to acupuncture. Textbooks, medical and acupuncture journals, online articles and studies will be utilized in order to compile, write, and present research topics to class, alumni and faculty.
Prerequisite: completion of first 2 years of program


CL 750 Clinical Internship Hours


WS 521 9.6 hours - Medical Terminology
This course introduces the medical vocabulary of human anatomy and physiology along with the vocabulary used in reference to disease, diagnosis and treatment in order to prepare students for further study in the western clinical sciences and to communicate with other health care professionals.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


WS 523 I-II 100 hours - Anatomy and Physiology
Course I covers: human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Introduces common human disease processes. Course II includes: the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Introduces common human disease processes.
Co-requisite


WS 525 9.6 hours - Surface Anatomy
This course provides students the opportunity to gain an understanding of human surface anatomy, and develop the ability to locate key structures of the body through palpation.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


WS 527 71.4 hours - Biomedicine-Systems Approach I-II
This course approaches specific body systems of Western medicine through 13 comprehensive modules. Epidemiology, signs and symptoms, pathology, and conventional treatment will be identified for the following systems: Cardiovascular, Respiratory/Lungs/ENT, Dermatology, Endocrine, Gynecology, Renal & Urology, Gastro-Intestinal, Neurology, Psychology, and will also encompass basic labs, addiction, and vaccines.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


WS 528 18 hours - Biochemistry
This course builds on the foundations of chemistry, atoms and molecules. We transfer these concepts into organic molecules and their reactions at the molecular and cellular level. Concepts covered will be: acid/bases and buffers, solubilities, cell membranes, DNA, and structure of molecules.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


WS 545 9.6 hours - Musculoskeletal Anatomy
This class will provide a regional approach to the anatomy of the upper and lower extremity, neck and trunk. Discussion will include bony structures, muscles, and ligaments, as well as the nervous and circulatory supply to these regions.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


WS 629 18 hours - Microbiology
In this course we will study the basic structures and evolution of Prokaryotic cells. This will lead us to understand bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents and antibiotics. We will apply these concepts to understand the basics of genetic engineering. The course finishes with a study of viruses, how they attack our cells and how our immune system “fights” back.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


WS 637 18 hours - Pharmacology
This class explores the importance of Western pharmaceuticals to many of their patients and pertains to the actions, therapeutic rationale, benefits, risks and potential interactions of pharmaceuticals. Students will learn terminology, and general mechanism for many prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and abused substances. Drug-drug and drug-herb interactions will also be addressed.
Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework


WS 639 18 hours - Clinical Nutrients and Diet Therapies
This course introduces acupuncture students to the most commonly used Western nutritional supplements as used for prevention and treatment of disease. Safety, dosage, efficacy and delivery systems of herbs, vitamins, and therapeutic foods are presented. This class also discusses the importance of nutrition/dietary interventions for prevention and treatment of diseases. Students will learn to do basic nutritional assessment for their patients.
Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework


WS 643 14.4 hours - Immunology
This course outlines the anatomy and physiology of the immune system: thymus, bone marrow, spleen, tonsils, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, adenoids, skin and liver; pathology: including autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, and immune deficiency; diagnostics and conventional treatment.
Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 648 9 hours - Embryology
An emerging field of research shows distinct correlations between East Asian Medical Theory and Western Scientific theory. These correlations help to describe and clarify Eastern Prenatal Energetics in light of modern Science. This course will actively explore these ideas and show applications for Clinical Practice.
Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework


WS 657 9.6 hours - Kinesiology
A study of the functional organization of the human myofascial system. In this course we will review all of the major muscle groups and fascial lines and their relationships to joint actions throughout the body.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


WS 700 7.5 hours - Clinic Red Flags
This course will train students to effectively identify, evaluate, and refer medical red flags in an East Asian Medical clinical setting. Many important and life-threatening medical red flags will be presented, along with steps for stabilization and referral or consultation to the patient’s Primary Care Physician or emergency service.
Prerequisite: entry into clinics


WS 731 7.5 hours - Biophysics
This course will explore the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture and moxibustion, and will encompass investigations of physical properties of points and channels. Cellular effects of acupuncture and physiologic effects will also be considered.

Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


WS 741 4.8 hours - Gerontology
This course introduces the physical, mental and social aspects of treating older patients, and addresses specific challenges or special needs commonly seen in aging individuals.
Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework


WS 749 4.8 hours - Rheumatology
This course provides a foundation for understanding diagnostics and therapy for rheumatic diseases that affect and involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders.
Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework


WS 753 14.4 hours - Oncology
This course provides an introductory overview of the terminology and classification of cancer and the principle issues in its treatment. Commonly available anti-cancer drugs will be reviewed with emphasis on mode of action, dose intensity and chemotherapy regimens. The range of side effects of cancer treatments will be studied in detail. Quality of life issues in terms of overall assessment and result interpretation will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


WS 755 14.4 hours - Integrative Medicine
Students learn the basics of how conventional medicine or mainstream medical therapies can work with complementary and alternative medicine in approaching disease, illness and injury. The emphasis of this class is healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle, emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, and making use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. Research and scientific evidence on the safety and effectiveness of integrative medicine will also be reviewed and discussed.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


WS 760 9.6 hours - Botany
This class will familiarize students with plant terminology, family characteristics and identification skills. It will also cover: classification, structure, and function of Western herbs and includes a primer of Chinese herbs.A
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


WS 767 14.4 hours - Acupuncture and Public Health
This course provides a broad introduction to public health concepts including: public health history, public health practice & infrastructure, law & government in public health, advocacy and policy, with an emphasis on how acupuncture is currently utilized in the public health setting, more specifically in regards to chemical dependency.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


WS 770 4.8 hours - Cannabis in the Clinic
Acknowledging its widespread use and its legalization in some states this course provides an introduction to the effects of cannabis use socially and its potential medical use in the acupuncture clinic.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework

WS 771 18 hours - Biomedicine Test Preparation
Overview of biomedicine topics: history taking, pain patterns, vital signs; anatomy and physiology of the organ systems; physical examination and abnormal findings; imaging and diagnostic tests; organ pathology; laboratory tests and screening examinations; pharmacology, nutrition and supplements; safety and practice management; administration and assessment through practice exams.
Prerequisite: completion of all biomedicine coursework


WS 772 4.8 hours - Acupuncture Research
This course is a culmination of research done by third-year students. Each student will present a topic related to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to the school community.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


COM 750 21.6 hours - Communication and Counseling
In this course, we will explore ways of expanding our skills in communication, listening and counseling. The class will be highly experiential, with both guided exercises and paired and group work around themes and skills. This will be augmented with some theory and supportive research. As much as possible we will work with material arising directly from students’ clinical and personal experience, as well as with situations likely to be encountered in their professional careers.
Prerequisite: entry into the program


COM 752 9.6 hours - Ethics in Medicine
This class examines current codes of ethics pertaining to acupuncture practice management and the dynamics of patient practitioner interaction; analysis of the applicable state laws and NCCAOM code of ethics; development of safety and boundary protocols; overview of complaint and disciplinary process. The class will also cover cultural awareness and sensitivities in treating various cultures.
Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework


BUS 722 60.3 hours - Practice Management
This course covers the essentials of opening and managing an acupuncture practice, including setting up a practice, leasing business space and marketing strategies.
Prerequisite: student clinic internship

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